The New Humanitarian is hiring a news-obsessed, globally curious journalist to file daily stories on breaking humanitarian news and trends. Topics could include everything from reports on the latest conflict hotspots to debates over migration policy to ethical issues around the use of AI in delivering aid or access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is a unique opportunity to work with one of the few non-profit media covering international affairs: The New Humanitarian is the only independent non-profit media outfit dedicated to covering humanitarian crises and holding the aid sector to account. Our reporting tackles many of the key issues of our time, from migration to climate change, from the war in Syria to COVID-19, from a multi-billion-dollar aid industry in the midst of soul-searching to emerging forms of solidarity. We are committed to amplifying diverse voices and to upending traditional Western narratives and journalistic tropes. Our work has altered legislation and government policies, exposed financial corruption and sex abuse scandals, and helped mainstream audiences understand how their tax monies are spent on humanitarian initiatives. We are looking for someone to power up our daily coverage, reporting and writing quick-turn-around news pieces for cross-platform use and contributing to our hallmark in-depth coverage. This is primarily a desk-based role, though there may be occasional opportunity for field reporting.
Who we're looking for
You’re a fast and accurate reporter and writer, as confident turning around a traditional text piece in a few hours as covering a live event via Twitter or doing a Q&A with government officials, recently displaced families, or reporters in the field. You’re an information junkie who lives on trusted news sources from around the world – and who understands the pros and cons of each. You’re eager to find the next story even as you’re hitting ‘send’ on your latest. You love being ‘in-the-know’, building and nurturing sources within your beat and alongside it. It’s great if you’re familiar with the humanitarian sector, the people it serves and how it all works (or doesn’t). It’s fine if you’re not, as long as you’re excited by the prospect of immersing yourself in it. You have several years of newsroom or wire agency experience and thrive when you’re unsure what your next work day will look like. You report and write balanced news stories with ease, always amplifying diverse voices and pushing beyond formulaic narratives. You are equally comfortable working on stories you pitch as on pieces colleagues suggest or on curating and collating content from elsewhere in the news ecosystem. And, while big ideas and exclusive scoops excite you, you have the hands-on reporting and writing skills to deliver on them by filing copy that is accurate, engaging and needs minimal editing.
Like everyone on The New Humanitarian team, you’ll be flexible and open to meeting the evolving demands of this new role and eager to learn new skills quickly.
You must also be aligned with our organizational values:
We especially welcome candidates who represent the diverse communities our journalism serves.
What you'll do
Skills and competencies
We have described the qualities we are seeking in this position, but we recognise that there will be strong candidates who do not meet all the requirements listed here but have other important qualities. So if you’re interested but not sure you fit the profile, please apply anyway. Our newsroom is growing and we’re always open to exploring what’s possible for the future.
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